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Abortions Cause Severe Depression for Women, New Study Shows

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  • Steven Ertelt
    Abortions Cause Severe Depression for Women, New Study Shows by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor January 2, 2006 Christchurch, New Zealand (LifeNews.com) -- A
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      Abortions Cause Severe Depression for Women, New Study Shows

      by Steven Ertelt
      LifeNews.com Editor
      January 2, 2006

      Christchurch, New Zealand (LifeNews.com) -- A new study conducted
      in New Zealand finds women who have abortions are more likely to
      become severely depressed. The report confirms the results of a
      comprehensive study in 2004 in the U.S. showing abortion leads to
      a host of mental health problems. The New Zealand study found
      that having an abortion as a young woman raises the risk of
      developing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

      The findings come from the Christchurch Health and Development
      Study of 1265 children tracked since their birth in the 1970s.

      Some 41 percent of the more than 500 women in the study became
      pregnant by the age of 25 and 90 women had abortions.

      Some 42 percent of the women who had abortions had experienced
      major depression within the last four years. That's almost double
      the rate of women who never became pregnant. The risk of anxiety
      disorders also doubled.

      According to the study, women who have abortions were twice as
      likely to drink alcohol at dangerous levels and three times as
      likely to be addicted to illegal drugs.

      David Fergusson, who led the study, said the results show access
      to legal abortions is not necessarily good for women. He also
      said the study confirms abortions cause women mental health issue
      -- rather than alleviating them as abortion advocates claim.

      Meanwhile, researchers at Bowling Green State University in 2004
      examined data on nearly 11,000 women between the ages of 15 and
      34 who had experienced an unintended pregnancy.

      Their survey found that women who have abortions of unexpected
      pregnancies were 30 percent more likely to experience subsequent
      problems with anxiety than those who don't have one.

      Women in the study who had abortions and suffered from general
      anxiety disorder experienced irritability, fatigue, difficulty
      sleeping, a pounding or racing heart, or feelings of unreality.


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